The Walks Scheme
Under the Walks Scheme, launched in March 2008 by Minister Éamon Ó Cuív, participating landholders receive a payment for the development, maintenance and enhancement of National Waymarked Ways and Looped Walking Routes that pass through their land. The payment is based on a detailed work plan and a five-year contract.
The scheme is not available nationwide; it was initially rolled out in the 12 areas of the country where Rural Recreation Officers are employed. At the end of 2010 the scheme extended to 49 approved walking routes with a total of 1,819 landowners receiving an average annual payment of approximately €1,100.